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Director of Purchasing

Company: Sabert
Location: Sayreville
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

The Director of Purchasing oversees and personally executes the purchase of all direct and indirect materials for U.S. manufacturing operations including warehouse consumables, MRO/office supplies, services and capital purchases for U.S. Operations. Direct and manage a staff of Purchasing personnel including Purchasing Agent(s), and Buyer(s).



  • Purchases raw materials, packaging, plant and warehouse consumables, MRO, office supplies and services for all U.S. facilities.
  • Benchmarks U.S. cost of corrugate by reference to outside sources, such as RISI and monitors and tracks the significant raw materials that impact the market price for corrugate.
  • Provides the lowest possible cost of materials by developing multiple sources and monitoring and tracking prices on a regular basis.
    Vendor Management
    • Implements a formal Supplier Qualification Program and Supplier Performance Rating system.
    • Establishes a formal process of review for all supplier proposed price increases.
      Best Practice Implementation
      • Actively utilizes tools such as reverse on-line auctions and external resources to benchmark pricing and optimizes internal material and product cost structure(s).
      • Provides guidance to Purchasing personnel in Europe and China. Promotes the development and sharing of best practices that can be used in all parts of the Company.
      • Develops programs to benchmark costs among all facilities and all companies and leverages purchases by combining worldwide requirements.
      • Analyzes purchases on a regular basis with the objective of leveraging our purchases to reduce costs.
      • Supports negotiation for major purchases, purchase contracts or purchase agreements for raw materials, capital equipment, services, supplies and consumables.
      • Keeps Executive Management informed, as requested, regarding market conditions, lead times, and shifts in pricing for materials and services.
      • Communicates with other departments, e.g . Marketing, Engineering, Operations, and suppliers (internal and external) to improve procurement activities and reduce costs.
      • Promotes performance excellence and professionalism within Sabert's purchasing function.
      • Develops and maintains a high level of contact with key suppliers and service personnel.
      • Designs and recommends professional training programs aimed at elevating employee techniques and managerial skills.
        • Strong and aggressive negotiation skills
        • Good management skills
        • Strong supplier evaluation skills and Supplier Relationship Management skills (SRM)
        • Excellent in Internet and industry research.
        • Strong in Internet procurement, i.e. auctions, reverse auctions.
        • Experience using SAP
        • Plastic industry experience preferred
        • Six Sigma experience would be a real plus
        • Willing to travel up to 50% of time; 25% usual travel expected


          • Bachelor's degree in business, engineering or scientific field. MBA or executive training courses/programs are a plus.
          • Formal training in Supply Chain and/or Procurement best practices is desired.
            • Management experience supervising Purchasing staff of Buyers and/or Procurement Associates of 7 - 10 years.
            • Multi-location Purchasing responsibilities.
            • Broad Purchasing experience, including raw materials (plastics preferred), MRO, commodities, services, capital equipment, etc.
            • International supplier management and purchasing experience a plus.

              • Work in accordance with all company policies and procedures regarding employment, safety, quality, product safety and legality, security, and regulatory compliance as applicable.


                Pay, benefits and more.

                Sabert is eager to attract the best, so we offer competitive compensation and a generous benefits package, including full health insurance (medical, dental and vision), 401(k), life insurance, disability and more.

                About Sabert:

                We are a leading global manufacturer of innovative food packaging products and solutions. Our company was founded in 1983 on a single mission: to enhance and advance the way people enjoy food . Today we design, manufacture and distribute a wide spectrum of packaging solutions for food distributors, restaurants & caterers, grocery stores, national food chains and consumer entertaining.

Keywords: Sabert, Sayreville , Director of Purchasing, Executive , Sayreville, New Jersey

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